Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi is a really creative Nigerian-inspired fantasy that was released on Halloween. I loved the concept of the book so much that I asked the author to share a bit about any visuals that might have inspired him. Check it out below and make sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom to win your own copy of the book!
Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable fantasy adventure that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor. In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts—lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.
Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.
When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves—and his own life
Tochi Onyebuchi is a Nigerian American writer and a practicing attorney based in New York City. He holds a MFA in screenwriting from Tisch, a Masters degree in global economic law from L’institut d’études politiques, and a JD from Columbia Law School. His writing has appeared in Asimov’s and Ideomancer, among other places. Beasts Made of Night is his debut series. You can follow him @tochitruestory.
Some Inspiration Behind the Book
This book had so many amazing visuals and such a creative concept that I asked Tochi to share more about any images he was inspired by:
My best friend, currently in med school, is covered in tattoos. She has half-sleeves on both arms, a display of a heartbeat line on her chest along with amoebic designs, and cubist renderings of her dogs’ faces on her thigh. She’s one of the most tatted people I know, and each one of those images holds a story for her. I remember, one afternoon, when we were at her apartment about to watch TV, she took her socks off to put her feet on her couch and revealed feet covered in tattoos of birds flying around each other. When she put her feet together, the image became that of a migration pattern. It was one of the most beautiful things I’d ever seen, so, in many ways, this book is homage to her.
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